Acolyte Background 5e

‘May your faith help you in challenge times, and, may your faith remind you to be thankful for the good times’- Catherine Pulsifer

Religion is one of the best things mankind has ever got since it becomes to civilize itself. It has served humanity in its different form of it. It has served humanity with some of the positive things like Brotherhood, love, and compassion to others, feeding the poor and helping those who are needy but on the other hand, it has brought a biased approach to the others, a war in the name of being the one and true religion and many other menaces that could be blessing in disguise for some but for other, it is nothing but devastation.

What is an Acolyte in DnD?

Acolyte 5th Edition Background

The world of DnD is occupied by Criminals, Warlords, Warriors, Rogues, and by many others. Among them, one of the key figures that play the role of a believer is an Acolyte. Acolytes as the word itself suggest that the one who carries out religious activities and one who performs prayers, duties of a particular temple and they are the Divine agents in the world.

You serve a GOD or Pantheon of GODS. Either you are serving the temple from your early childhood or You were the priest in the Temple who is leading a small group of people outside the community of the temple.

But the key thing is that not all acolytes or those who go to a particular place of worship is a cleric rather some adhered themselves to a simple life, performing duties of the monastery and fulfilling God’s commandments. So, we can conclude that an acolyte the probably the one who bridges the gap between the creator and his creation by performing ritual and sacrifice as per ordered by the GOD.

Attributes of an Acolytes

There are numbers of attributes adhered to an acolyte lets go through them one by one:

  • Exemplifies God, Saint, or Hero as the acolytes are associated with The God or pantheon of god, he or she will always exemplify their divine lord/s.
  • Pacific Nature, acolytes are peaceful in their nature of action their intentions are not always inclined towards disturbing the peace rather they will try to find a way where they can negotiate and reach a peaceful agreement without shedding a drop of blood. This trait of an acolyte reflects its optimal approach towards the different problems.
  • Socially paradox, an acolyte is the one who spends his most of the time in the place of worship which make much more of a person who lacks sophistication toward people and does not really know who to interact with different people but on the other hand, an acolyte could be very socially active as people from strata comes to seek salvation in the monastery.
  • Judgmental, as a staunch religious person and strong adherence to the lord, deity, or saint an acolyte could be we judgmental toward other religions/s or towards those who defies his faith or religion.

Suggested Characteristics

religious gathering and your time that you spend at temples will shape you into an acolyte, your deep understanding of religion, the study of history, and relationship will temple alters your mannerism and ideals. Flaw includes hypocrisy, or heretical idea or staunch believe in an idea.

Personality Trait

D8Personality Trait
1I idolize a particular hero of my faith and constantly refer to that person’s deeds and example.
2I can find common ground between the fiercest enemies, empathizing with them, and always working toward peace.
3I see omens in every event and action, the gods try to speak with us and we just have a need to listen.
4Nothing can shake my optimistic attitude.
5I misquote (or quote) sacred texts and proverbs in almost every situation.
6I am intolerant (or tolerant) of any other’s faith and respect (or condemn) the worship of other gods.
7I have enjoyed nice food, drink, and high society among my temple’s elite. Rough living grates on me.
8I have spent so long in the temple that I’ve little practical experience dealing with people in the outside world.

Ideal

D6Ideal
1(Tradition) The ancient traditions of worship and sacrifice must be preserved and upheld. (Lawful)
2(Charity) I always try to help those in need, no matter what the personal cost. (Good)
3(Change) We must help bring about the changes the gods are constantly working in the world. (Chaotic)
4(Power) I hope to one day rise to the top of my faith’s religious hierarchy. (Lawful)
5(Faith) I trust that my deity will guide my actions, I have faith that if I work hard, things will go well. (Lawful)
6(Aspiration) I seek to prove myself worthy of my god’s favor by matching my actions against his or her teachings. (Any)

Bond

D6Bond
1I would die to recover an ancient relic of my faith that was lost long ago.
2I will someday get revenge on the corrupt temple hierarchy who branded me a heretic.
3I owe my life to the priest who took me in when my parents died.
4Everything I do is for the common people.
5I will do anything to protect the temple where I served.
6I seek to preserve a sacred text that my enemies consider heretical and seek to destroy.

Flaw

D6Flaw
1I judge others harshly, and myself even more severely.
2I put too much trust in those who wield power within my temple’s hierarchy.
3My piety sometimes leads me to blindly trust those that profess faith in my god.
4I am inflexible in my thinking.
5I am suspicious of strangers and expect the worst of them.
6Once I pick a goal, I become obsessed with it to the detriment of everything else in my life.

Why role-play an Acolyte?

Role-playing and acolyte could be one of the interesting things for those who want followers because you share the same faith with many other and they will follow you and this is what makes you shelter of the faithful, as an acolyte you will able to command and respect those whose shares your faith and they perk they can also enjoy is that they can get free healing and shelter from the temple. And those who follow you will support you in return.

By devoting yourself to a specific god or temple you can get to live there and can also get assistance from the priest as well. In addition to all these an acolyte skill, proficiency are insight and Religion; insight is due to the deep understanding of the religion.

You can choose two languages of your choice and your equipment includes, a holy symbol, a prayer book or prayer wheel, 5 sticks of incense, vestment, a set of common clothes, and a belt pouch containing 15 GP.

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